113 New Unicode Emoji (plus skin tones)

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Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:49:33 -0800


113 new emoji are now available in /UTR #51 Unicode Emoji, Version 4.0
<http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr51/>/. The main focus of this 4.0
release is further enhancing gender representation and professions.
These new emoji are already appearing on smart phones and other devices
and platforms that support emoji. See the full list in Emoji Recently
Added <http://www.unicode.org/emoji/charts/emoji-released.html>.

The new emoji will soon be available for adoption
<http://unicode.org/consortium/adopt-a-character.html>, helping fund
projects to improve language support

Unlike the 72 emoji characters added to Unicode 9.0 in June
<http://blog.unicode.org/2016/06/72-new-emoji-characters.html>, these
are not new Unicode characters. Most of these new emoji are sequences of
existing emoji, "glued together" with a special invisible character so
that they appear and behave like a single character. This glue character
is called a ZWJ, pronounced "zwidge" or /zw?d?/. Three existing Unicode
9.0 characters (gender and medical symbols) were changed to qualify as
emoji, for use in those ZWJ sequences.

Two of the new sequences are flags, 10 are family groupings (such as
/mother with daughter/), 32 are new professions/roles (such as /man
/or/woman astronaut/), and 66 are explicit-gendered variants (such as
/man /or/woman running/). 99 of these sequences, plus 5 other characters
(such as /snowboarder/), can also now have the 5 skin tone modifiers.

The technical documentation has also been updated, with additional
guidelines for implementers and the new versions of the emoji data files
for use in programs.


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